04/12/1958 - 04/16/2020
Interment: Gilbert Memorial Park, 2100 East Queen Creek Road, Gilbert, AZ 85297

Clyde R. Baker, Jr., born April 12, 1958, passed away on Thursday, April 16, 2020 in Mesa, AZ. Music was his passion, and he was the owner/founder of Baker Performing Arts, LLC in Mesa, AZ which was his proudest accomplishment. He was a graduate of Columbia University, M.Ed., University of Illinois, M.S. and Rutgers University, B.A. He held many positions in his lifetime in the education system from music teacher to high school principal as well as orchestra, choir and musical director in public schools and college level institutions. He also worked as a band director/conductor at Temple University College of Music in Philadelphia and as an instructor at Manhattan School of Music in New York City. Under his baton, his college and public school orchestras and bands performed in prestigious concert halls such as Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, major concert halls, professional and major university football stadiums.  He wrote marching band drill designs for the University of Illinois, USC Trojan Marching Band and the 500 member All-American Marching Band for President Reagan’s Inauguration.  He also led a popular band in Las Vegas for many years and performed in almost every casino on the Las Vegas Strip as well as other venues. He is preceded in death by his mother, Shizue.  He is survived by his father, Clyde Baker, Sr. of New Jersey.

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  • Donna McGuigan Glavan

    My sincerest condolences. My first friend and neighbor. God be with you and your family.

  • Christopher Davis

    We were childhood friends from the age of 12. Memories of so many crazy adventures all through our teen years. You went North for college. I went South. Time, distance and we drifted apart. I find out we live 15 miles from each other in Arizona; and never knew it. Music was your love, and passion (playing in God’s band now.)
    May God bless you and keep you safe as you journey to a better place.
    My sincere condolences to your family and friends for their loss and may they be comforted in their time of need.
    To Mr. Baker Sr. : my condolences for the loss of Mrs. Baker and Clyde. May God grant you comfort in your time of morning.
    Respectfully,
    Chris Davis

  • Paula McMillan

    We grew up together. The same street, the same values. Having both lost our mothers recently, we had reconnected. The memories are fond. Rest well Clyde.

  • Colleen Custer

    I am so very sorry to hear of Clyde’s passing. my heart and prayers go out to you Jackie and all his friends and family who loved him so much. I feel blessed to have known Clyde and to have worked with him on many occasions throughout the years booking bands. He sure was a fighter. And he always tried to keep a positive outlook. R.I.P. Clyde. you will be very missed but never forgotten.

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